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Projet: Talk show club de la presse "Urubuga rw'itangazamakuru"

Activité:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Date:28/09/2020

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Since March 2020, schools and universities have been closed in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 except only a few international schools and universities have adopted e-learning.

On Friday, September 25, the cabinet meeting decided that schools will resume in October, after 6 months of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the meeting stressed that the reopening will be a gradual process. Schools will resume with a gradual reopening in the coming weeks depending on the level of education. A detailed reopening schedule and readiness assessment will be carried out and communicated by the Ministry of Education.

The decision to reopen schools comes, as the country registers a few number of covid-19 cases.

The Talk show “Urubuga rw'itangazamakuru” (Club  de la Presse)  broadcasted in synergy by ten radio stations across the country and a Television (TV Isango star) this Sunday on September 27, 2020 focused on “Preparation of the reopening of schools while respecting measures to fight against Covid-19 ”.

The invitees:

1. NZAYURUGO Albert Fils / University Lecturer

2. AKALIKUMUTIMA Régine / Analyst

3. KAREGEYA Jean Baptiste / Journalist

Generally, the guests said that the declaration to reopen the school was good news to hear after the decision of the September 25, 2020 cabinet meeting.

The invitees pointed out that the fact that schools are about to reopen is good news for parents, students and school owners , however that there are obstacles that will emerge, where many children have forgotten about learning and will find it difficult to bring them back to school and school life. 'The problem for some teachers, especially those in private schools, is due to the fact that their institutions have not been able to remunerate them during school closure period, which is why others are looking for jobs in public schools or create their own businesses.

Invitations said that preparations for the administration had begun but that the education providers were still far away, and that some of the children who had started working for money would have difficulty returning to school and some girls are pregnant, so they may not be able to go back to schools!

They also raised the issue of parents who lost their jobs, which will be difficult for them to afford school fees. Overcrowding was said to be reduced as new classrooms were built; however at universities overcrowding issue has not been thought of because there are no new classrooms.

The other challenge will be to find methods to use related to Covid-19 prevention measures, sitting arrangement in classes with a student on a chair for social distancing, teaching without focus groups, students with masks etc .

The audience participated via phone calls and SMS, mostly were parents saying that their children going back to school is good but there will be a problem of finding school fees and other requirements for students to start classes.

In conclusion, it has been recommended to the Ministry of Education to think differently about private schools and to help them find the necessary needs for the reopening as well as to support parents and students without money due to the consequences of the Covid -19.

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